Yamaha Yas 109 Soundbar Review 2022: Is It For You?

Yamaha Yas 109 Soundbar Review 2022 Is It For You

A Yamaha YAS 109 soundbar review can provide plenty of information about this latest and popular soundbar and how they compare to similar models.

The Yamaha YAS-109 soundbar was designed with high quality for both music and movies in mind. The futuristic design and style make this a must-have for any family room. It comes in white and black and has a durable and metal housing and low profile.

The Yamaha YAS-109 sound bar is a unique and great sound system that provides both music and action movie lovers with a top-of-the-line system. Hooke Audio will take a closer look at this fantastic soundbar system and discuss features that make it different from the competition.

Pros & Cons


  • Understated design
  • Sound quality for entry-level
  • Feature friendly


  • It lacks a genuinely remarkable power.
  • Undifferentiated audio mode

Yamaha YAS-109 Review (2.2 CH Soundbar) Pros & Cons

It is essential to understand that products are available in a wide range of price points. This is excellent news for consumers but not so much for those looking to make a name for themselves.

Fortunately, it can stand out in value. It not only sounds excellent at this price but also offers a lot more features, such as WiFi and Amazon Alexa integration.

If you are looking for a big, spacious sound, the YAS 109 may not be what you need. However, this 2020 Vizio bar is closer to the YAS 109 due to its external subwoofer.

The YAS-109 sounds better than TV speakers, and the built-in subwoofers provide a good bass level. It is still a great option, especially if you don’t have the space for a sub.

About Yamaha YAS-109

The Yamaha YAS-109 compact sound bar has a 2.1-channel channel and built-in woofers. It is a plug-and-play for your living space. It is a small, elegantly grilled bar that’s still powerful and intuitive. These are the key specs:

  • Price: $219.95 MSRP
  • Dimensions (WxHxD: 35 “x2 1/8″ x5 1/8”
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs.
  • Speakers/drivers – Two (L/R), front 2 1/8″ cones, and two 1″ tweeters.
  • Maximum amplifying power: 120 W
  • Wireless connections: Bluetooth, WiFi (2.4 GHz), Spotify connect
  • Wired connections: Two HDMI (one HDMI/ARC input/output), digital optical, subwoofer output, Ethernet (LAN).
  • Sound formats: Support Dolby Digital and Dolby ProLogic II, DTS Digital Surround
  • Surround sound mode: support DTS Virtual XAbout Yamaha YAS-109

The sound bar is included in the box. It also consists of AC power and optical cables. Unfortunately, there is no HDMI cable in the box. However, we recommend connecting via HDMI (ARC) whenever possible.

What We Like

The high-quality sound that is reliable and flexible

It can be difficult to predict consumer expectations for this price range. A sound bar should sound better than the stock speakers on your TV. This is the bottom line expectation. These days, we expect more than just bottom-of the-barrel sound. The YAS-109 is an excellent choice.

The YAS-109 is a 2.1-channel speaker system that includes two midrange drivers, tweeters, and woofers. It comes in a compact chassis. The YAS-109’s diverse driver options provide a balanced, clean soundscape while watching TV or playing video games.

You can’t get the same strong bass presence from this bar as you can from bars with a separate sub (Vizio 2020 2.1 sound bar is an example), but the YAS 109 does a solid job considering the materials it works with.

This model is similar to the SR-B20A but sounds better when playing cinematic content. However, it can also be used for other media. It was a joy to watch Blade Runner: The Final Cut on the Movies & TV app for Xbox.

The explosion and electric sound were intense and riveting. Vangelis’ synth-heavy music seemed to fill the living room wall to wall.

Unfortunately, the dialogue was somewhat muffled, and I had to control the volume constantly to make sure the balance was right between the dramatic, muffled speech and the louder, more ambient elements. Clear Voice on the YAS 109 didn’t fix the problem, but I could see the difference.

Yamaha has not yet provided the YAS-109 the features necessary to address audio problems in a wide range of situations. There are a variety of virtual surround sound modes available, including Stereo, TV, Music, and Sports modes. Each mode tries to highlight the appropriate frequencies for each use case.

Yamaha YAS-109 Soundbar Review

To balance out the background noise and speech, I tried a few during Blade Runner, but they didn’t work. It’s possible to chalk it up as compression 40 years later.

However, it also showed the limitations of single-bar systems. Comparably priced, the Vizio V21 H8 was more affordable. However, I found that the separate subwoofer made addressing these issues much more accessible.

Although the YAS-109 still surpasses TV speakers in terms of great audio and flexibility, it will not solve every problem. It was also helpful for playing video games.

Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest gamer trend. You are placed in a large city, surrounded sound by random advertisements and various sound effects such as the sheathing of a katana or an AI voice in your head. Although the emulated virtual surround sound effect was not as immersive as my gaming headphones, it placed produced sound in an object-oriented space.

The Yamaha 109 is an excellent product for EQ flexibility and aural fidelity for the best soundbar at a price under $200.

A team player when it comes to design

The YAS-109 is designed to blend into your living space or entertainment center. This is perfectly placed between the caltrop feet of our 50-inch Vizio M-Series Quantum TV. It sits low enough to obscure the screen’s bottom bezel.

The chassis is attached to the speaker array with a cloth-covered speaker array in a mixture of black plastic or charcoal cloth. This gives it a stealthy look, especially if you have a TV stand of a darker color.

The remote is also small enough to be used occasionally. You can find all the buttons you need, including volume control for the tweeters and subwoofers, input selection, proper mode selection, and an Amazon Alexa button, right here. It’s easy to forget about the on-set controls.

To pair the best bar with your network, download the Yamaha Sound Bar Controller app and follow the instructions. You can then ask Alexa anything you want.

Sound Bar controller app feedback is not as good as other Yamaha bars. It’s difficult to see how loudspeakers or subwoofers are set, and volume control with the TV remote can be a little confusing. I need to adjust volume about ten times before I notice a significant difference in decibels.

If your room is bright, the LED array for feedback can be used in a darkened, cinema-like setting. This sound bar is not expensive and has a premium feel. However, it does have a lot to offer.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Features

We (Review) were fortunate enough to test the Yamaha SR-B20A slightly cheaper than the older YAS-109. The juxtaposition is quite striking.

Although no one has ever asked me about it, I would tell them that I don’t care about built-in streaming apps and voice assistants in my products. Give me something like Klipsch Cinema 400, and I’ll be a happy listener.

It isn’t easy to wonder why so many features were removed from the SR-B20A, which is similar in price. However, the YAS-109 comes as standard.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Features

Although I did not use the YAS109’s Alexa functionality or WiFi/Spotify Connect capabilities often, it isn’t a problem. It’s a nice feature that it has those options if you want them. The new Yamaha SR-B20 is a better choice than the older YAS-109.

It has the same sound settings and modes, plus the additional features described here. These are features that have been well implemented. My patient, pliant Yamaha YAS 109, never demanded to be used alongside Alexa. It’s content to serve a supporting role below your TV. A spare IHDM input is a great addition at this price.

These features are a plus, and I use them all the time. They don’t interfere with my Vizio TV, which, if it’s not online, sometimes doesn’t allow me to view it at all. You can use them if you need them. However, most features are limited to small buttons on your remote.

What We Do Not Like

Eventually, some forgettable

The YAS-109 has been praised for its simple design and ease of use presentation. But sometimes, you want it to stand out from the crowd and sing a solo.

While this is true for many Bluetooth soundbars within this price range, the YAS-109 doesn’t have much power or punch without an external sub. Although it delivers sound like cursive writing, it is not as powerful as your TV speakers’ sharp crayon. This is not the place to experience a THX sound demo at a movie theatre.

You may not realize it is there once the ninja soundbar has been hidden under your TV at home.

yamaha yas 109 Eventually, some forgettable

This little soundbar acts as a soundbar, and you might not even notice it is there. Considering the price, this is a good thing, but it would be nice if the YAS109 could produce more volume control when needed.

Wait, there might be. This is due to the YAS-109’s subwoofer output port. You could integrate a wired sub into the setup to provide this product with the power it needs. Unless you already have a favorite wired sub, you might be better off spending a bit more on Yamaha’s YAS-209, which has all the same features and a wireless subwoofer.

Modes could have better differentiation

Yamaha knows that the YAS-109 is likely to be their first Bluetooth soundbar. The setup is simple, and the YAS-109 doesn’t seem afraid of making something sound bad. You can use any audio mode to watch a movie, whether it’s the Movie, TV, Music, or Sports.

They all shift some aspects of the EQ but not enough that your film is unlistenable. This is the best move for novice consumers. No one will blow out their speakers by switching to the wrong audio mode.

What if the sound mode could be tuned a bit more precisely?

What if the modes could be tuned more precisely? Perhaps watching a action movie in Game mode would sound terrible. Could this mean that Game mode was better at video games than in movies? Maybe.

What if sound modes could be tuned a bit more precisely

Although it’s a difficult task to raise a complaint about marketing and engineering, it(and many smart soundbars) could prove more valuable if they take the arrogant liberties TV engineers to handle. Have you ever seen the blue-tint and over the sharpness of Vivid modes on TVs at home?


Is There An Alternative?

The closest competitor to Yamaha’s new YAS 109 in terms of virtual surround sound and functionality is the Yamaha YAS-209 which costs $100 more but adds a discrete subwoofer.

The Vizio SB3621nn-G8 is the best option if you are looking for a bar that’s even cheaper and doesn’t have the same smart speaker functionality. It has the same Dolby processing and a subwoofer as the Vizio SB3621n, but it lacks additional features like WiFi, HDMI ARC, or Alexa.


Is Yas-109 worth it?

It is one of the most affordable soundbars that we have tested. It offers a clear and crisp midrange and a robust bass response, which is unusual for the best soundbar without a subwoofer.

Can I add a subwoofer to Yamaha YAS 109?

The bar has a few inputs. The bar has both HDMI ARC and HDMI Out ports and a Full HDMI IN port. An RCA cable can be plugged into the Subwoofer Out’ port to add a subwoofer.

Yamaha Yas 109 2.2 Ch Soundbar

Why is my Yamaha soundbar constantly turning off?

Yamaha offers auto-sleep options. It will automatically shut down if no input buttons are used within twelve hours. It will shut down if the soundbar cables are not correctly connected.

Let’s see why the soundbar keeps cutting out through our article.

Should You Buy It?

Yes, if you are looking for a reliable sound that is easy to understand

The YAS109, a new entry-level Yamaha, is still an excellent option for consumers who are tired of incoherent TV dialogue or watching Michael Bay movies with shaky quality. The YAS-109 is easy to connect and use.

There are enough features and modes to explore that it’s worth the price. The sound will surpass your TV, and you’ll be happy to know it’s an easy-to-use product.

Unless you are already deeply in the throes of audio passion, it is. Audiophiles don’t have to be audiophiles to appreciate EQ and the emotional impact sound has on your emotions. If you are in this group, the YAS-109 will not disappoint.

However, after a few months, you might start to forget that it exists and wish it could be more powerfully complemented by other content.

There are many other options if that is the case. Klipsch Cinema 400 will give you a more robust and dynamic sound than the YAS-109, but it will still cost $100.

If your soundbar budget is $200 or less and you want the best soundbar for your money, Vizio’s newest 2.1-channel option is the one I recommend. It’s currently our favorite soundbar below $200.

The Yamaha YAS-109 has excellent features, but you still want the superior sound provided by a wireless subwoofer. This is why we are currently recommending the Yamaha YAS-209 as our top value option.

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